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MY BROTHER AND SMOKING

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My brother is on hospice now and has round the clock care. He is so weak he can't hold the phone to talk so the nurse held the phone to his ear and I talked to him, prayed for him and told him I loved him. He said "I love you too Irene. I didn't understand what he said but the nurse told me what he said. She is so sweet and I bragged on her care of him.

I have had some real difficult days but believe Sunday was the worse.

Monty, a good friend from Spark, suddenly fell ill awhile back and he went fast also. He later confessed to all of his friends on Spark that he smoked and it destroyed him.

My brother quit smoking five years ago but he said it still affected him.

No I am not preaching but want to beg you that if you do smoke, please quit.
I lost a sister from smoking also. She had a heart attack and then had cancer which spread all over. When I was very young many years ago it was the in thing to do and if you didn't smoke you were called chicken. I am glad God delivered me from it over 50 years ago.

SO PLEASE, PLEASE IF YOU SMOKE STOP. That would be a part of your healthy life style.

With love and caring.

Irene

  
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DADDYS_GIRL6 12/6/2012 10:59PM

    Thanks for sharing that painful truth, Irene!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 11/30/2012 12:07PM

  Irene, I used to smoke 4 packs a day but quit on October 7 1991 at 7PM and have never felt better since quitting. Smoking will kill you.

I am so sorry you have to go through this.

You are cared for so much and there are so many that I believe feel your pain and I grieve with and for you. emoticon m emoticon

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CUSH1932 11/29/2012 8:39PM

    emoticon You are in my prayers.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 11/29/2012 8:51AM

    You are so right. Smoking does SO much damage to the body; damage that we aren't even aware of. It just destroys healthy cells and eats away at joints. I, too, lost my wonderful Dad to lung cancer (COPD and pnuemonia ultimately killed him). It's a horrible death to suffer. I've heard people my age (50s) say "well I'm going to die of something anyway, why not lung cancer?" like it's a joke. If you've watched someone go through the death process due to lung cancer you'd stop smoking, I'm sure.

TODAY'S CHOICES EFFECTs TOMORROWS HEALTH - I can't say it enough. Thank you for the loving and caring reminder. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this hard time of loss. Pat

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SEWINGMAMACDS 11/28/2012 7:57PM

    Irene - that nurse is a blessing. Praying for you during this difficult time.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/28/2012 9:48AM

    Irene, I have been praying for your brother. It sounds like he has a caring nurse, and that is a blessing.

I have never smoked, but my hubby smoked for many years. He is in the process of quitting now. He used to smoke a pack a day, but now he's only smoking a couple of cigarettes a day. Its progress. Hopefully it won't be much longer before he is completely free of that addiction. I'm proud of him for trying. We all know that bad habits are hard to break.

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NDTEACHER1 11/27/2012 10:18PM

    It's a hard habit to break. I know from experience. My son is a heavy, heavy smoker and it scares me because he is killing himself by all the things he does to his body. I will pray for your peace, Irene and how wonderful you brother could say that to you. Take care.

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HAPPYMOM8 11/27/2012 7:46PM

    DEAR IRENE--YOUR BLOG MAKES ME FEEL SO SAD . SAD THAT YOUR BROTHER IS SUFFERING BUT EQUALLY SAD FOR YOU THAT YOU CAN'T BE WITH HIM AT THIS TIME. YOU CAN BE HAPPY HE IS GETTING GOOD CARE AND THAT HE KNOWS YOU ARE WITH HIM IN SPIRIT.

I HAVE SEEN SO MANY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES SMOKE AND DIE TOO SOON ! WHEN I SEE SOMEONE SMOKING I WANT TO SCREAM AT THEM!
ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG FOLKS.

I HOPE YOU CAN FEEL THE LOVE SENT YOUR WAY.
PAT

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LKWQUILTER 11/27/2012 7:45PM

    My dh and I quit smoking over 10 yrs ago and yes, it is a nasty habit and bad for you. Our oldest had a heart attack at 33 in August 2002 and we quit smoking in September 2002. It sure opened my eyes. Praying for your brother and family. (((HUGS)))

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KAYDE53 11/27/2012 5:14PM

    Smoking can lead to devastating consequences, but it is a very hard habit to break, much like eating for the people who do it. I watched my dad try to quit for years, 3 or 4 times, only to start again; but finally he conquered it!! He had smoke since he was in his teens and he was probably in his 70's when he finally quit.

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YELLOW09RED 11/27/2012 4:27PM

    Good evening Irene,
CVRONEK said a wonderful thing "Hospice nurses are true angels". She is right.
God bless your brother at this time. Prayers for him to.
Hugs & Love,
Debbie
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NELLIEC 11/27/2012 3:48PM

    My father was a chain smoker for many years. When he died he had several heart attacks in a row, and the nurse at the nursing home bluntly said he smoked himself to death. I had to agree.

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LMMIMI 11/27/2012 12:50PM

    It is so difficult to be so far away, but wonderful that he has good and kind nurses.

Seeing so many young people smoking really makes me sad. I am so thankful that I stopped smoking over 50 years ago. My children were the ones resonsible for that decision.

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RAINBOWMF 11/27/2012 10:52AM

    Irene I am sending you love and support in this time of need.
I know you have many who are praying for you. Be strong, your brother is in good care now and his passing will be peaceful.

Love Mary

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GMFAY33 11/27/2012 10:03AM

    Probably all of us have seen how controlling the power of smoking is in being a habit. My daughter's former father-in-law had severe emphysema yet repeatedly removed his oxygen for a cigarette!! Our son-in-law gave up smoking when he had emergency bypass surgery when he was in his early 40s. His Dad died in his 40s as he was packing for a vacation.

Lung cancer seems to develope quickly. Even the lung cancer not associated with smoking. We have lost several friends in recent months who did not have the smoking factor personally or in their surroundings. I do often ponder how "the Poor" can afford to support this vice!!

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SADIEDOLORES 11/27/2012 9:59AM

    IRENE, MY LATE HUSBAND USED TO SMOKE AND QUIT 41 YEARS AGO WHEN WE WERE SAVED, SO I'M NOT SURE IF HIS HEART ATTACK WAS CAUSED FROM THAT, HE WAS IN A WHEEL CHAIR WITH A BROKEN HIP AND GAINED SO MUCH WEIGHT I THINK IT WAS HARD ON HIS HEART, HE WEIGHED 297 LBS. WHEN HE DIED, BUT WHOEVER DOES SMOKE IT'S JUST A NASTY HABIT AND EXPENSIVE, PRAISE THE LORD I NEVER SMOKED.
IRENE WHAT IS YOUR BROTHERS NAME?
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MOM2GEO_JR 11/27/2012 8:38AM

    Yes, it is so true. Our bodies are temples of God, and sometimes we destroy them. My late husband was a smoker, and I know that had a lot to do with all his problems, but he was one to not admit it.

Hoping like you, that people who read this blog, if they smoke that they will make a New Year's resolution to quit.

Hugs and prayers coming your way, I know that this is a very hard time for you, and Hospice was so wonderful in my DH's last days, I couldn't have made it without them. I still get support letters from them and it will be 7 months Dec. 1st.

God Bless you Irene, and we are here for you.

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CAROLYN0107 11/27/2012 7:45AM

    I'm glad you've been able to chat some with your brother. Also that he has a good hospice nurse.
I'm glad too that I never ever tried smoking. My parents did not smoke nor did my grandparents. That probably helped keep me from it. My brother smoked but I'm not sure if he does now. I know his wife still does.

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PURPLELVR7 11/27/2012 7:37AM

    Amen
smoke is bad for you and everyone else

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PENNI68 11/27/2012 7:36AM

    Irene,
I lost my mother to lung cancer as well at 59 yrs. old. I quit smoking myself about 6 years ago a year after she passed. I am still devastated by her loss, there is not a day that goes by that I don't miss her terribly, she was my best friend. I understand the pain your going through and I am sending many hugs and prayers to you and your brother at this difficult time.
Cancer is a terrible thing that takes so many from us far too often.

Much love,
Penny
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CVRONEK 11/27/2012 6:39AM

    Praying for you, Irene and your dear brother.

Hubby smokes and I see it taking a toll on him, but the drinking at the time was worse and he did stop when he had his traumatic brain injury.....that was because he was drinking.
I am grateful, that that has stopped, but doubt that the other will ever happen.

I also have a son, that smokes. He works in a smoking environment, making cigarette manufacturing machines! He mainly smokes when he is there, surrounded, by others smoking. Ugh. I pray for him. I do believe there is hope.

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MRE1956 11/27/2012 6:25AM

    "Chicken"? GRRRRRRRR! Why, oh WHY do people still continue to bully via peer-pressure tactics wrt undesirable, risky behavior? Has this world NOT learned ANYTHING?

I am so sorry about what you're dealing with, especially at this time of year - I will keep you and your family in my best thoughts...... emoticon

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GLORYB2014 11/27/2012 6:19AM

    Irene, I commented on our chat line on our team about not seeing you last night. I thought perhaps it was because of your brother.
I, too, lost my best life long friend due to her smoking. She had lung cancer which then spread to her bones and she lasted just one month after having been diagnosed with it. We had all tried to get her to stop smoking to no avail. A person has to want to stop themselves, it is a choice to smoke or not.
I'm glad your brother is getting such good care in his last days and I pray for a peaceful passing for him.
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DEBBYNATION 11/27/2012 6:07AM

    Sending a comfort hug to you Irene. I lost my Mom to lung cancer in 96 & my Dad to final heart attack in '86. Watching them suffer was hard. I will never smoke although I grew up with it in our home. My Mom told me in her last days, 'Don't you ever blame God for me being terminal - I chose to smoke'! She accepted responsibility for smoking & it was the thing to do back in the 50's & 60's. :(

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UPDATE ON MY BROTHER

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thank all of you for your prayers and words of kindness about my brother which I wrote in my last blog "Desperate prayer request".

My brother called last night. He had to go to the hospital again and have 2 more quarts of liquid drained off of him. They gave him his report of his MRI and he found out he has stage 4 cancer. Very sad. He said he can't take care of his wife and he is going to try to get her in an assisted living. I hope she doesn't get kicked out as she did in the nursing home. They kept her less than one day as she was trying to get out and was hurting them and herself. It is so sad. He did pray with me though for salvation. He was the last one to receive the Lord of my family.

Also I have been MIA as my computer was not working. My friend came today and was able to hook my monitor and my wireless keyboard to my laptop as I don't like the laptop. Neither of them had been working right for several days.

I missed out on a lot of points but that is the least of my concerns right now.
I may have to buy a new PC or stay with two computers hooked up as without the laptop the PC won't work.

God bless all of you who prayed and have been so kind.
Irene

  
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NDTEACHER1 11/20/2012 11:12PM

    I'm sorry, Irene. You're in my prayers. I don't know how they can kick someone out who cannot help her condition. That is not right. The public school systems have to work with all conditions whether we have the resources and expertise, I would think trained health professionals could figure it out too.

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PENNI68 11/15/2012 9:44AM

    Love and prayers Irene!!

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MAYBER 11/14/2012 8:58PM

    God Bless You
You are in thoughts and prayers as are your brother and his wife
Hoping you find comfort in the fact that others really do care
One day at a time
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CAROLYN0107 11/14/2012 12:24PM

    I pray that your brother will be able to find a home for his wife, one where she will stay. I'm sorry you're having problems with your computer as am I. I will take mine to the Geek Squad this afternoon so I'm saving some of the files first.

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BORN2BE 11/14/2012 8:49AM

    Irene my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know this must be difficult but am glad you prayed for his salvation. I pray he will have some support there to help him with his wife. There are DHS service people in most states that can help him with this. They are dept. of human service people. I know where we are transitioning my dad to assisted living that there is elder service people that are helping us with paper work and other questions. They are very helpful. I dont know what he has for help or resources but the senior service people can help him with this and take some pressure of himself. Prayers are with you friend and your family

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1WIFE2MOM 11/14/2012 7:39AM

    Irene, what a blessing ! You will see your brother again! sorry for all that they are going through, praying God will provide peace and comfort through this. Praying doors are opened for your brother to find a place for his wife.
Praying for you my friend.
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L*I*T*A* 11/14/2012 12:49AM

    prayers continue for you and yours..........
blessings and hugs.........lita

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MOM2GEO_JR 11/13/2012 10:31PM

    Irene, I will keep your Brother, his wife and you in my daily prayers. Hope your computer is up and running better. I am going to bed, kinda tired tonight, really no reason as I kinda took it easy after getting home from having my hair done. Talked with my Son, he will be coming Fri. because of his work, he thinks the grass will have grown more so he can mow.
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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/13/2012 6:52PM

    praying for the situation how sad, but praise God he found God, take care of yourself too

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DADDYS_GIRL6 11/13/2012 6:37PM

    Dear Irene I am so sorry about your brother's health. Oh how wonderful he accepted Christ as his Savior!! What wonderful news to celebrate!! You will be reunited for Eternity and won't be eternally separated!!
Hugs to you and many prayers for you and your brother and sister in law!!
Daddy'sGirl

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CUSH1932 11/13/2012 3:26PM

    emoticon Keeping you in prayer.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 11/13/2012 11:55AM

    Irene - I am lifting your brother up in prayer. Also praising God for his salvation. That is the best answer of all! Also praying peace and comfort for you. Hugs. Carrie

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IDLETYME 11/13/2012 11:11AM

    Sending loving thoughts for you and your family. I nursed my Mother thru Alzheimers and it is a terrible thing to go thru. Your brother really has a heavy burden what with his condition and his wife. You take care of yourself and don't let worry make you sick too. emoticon emoticon emoticon Nancy

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CAROLYNVIL 11/13/2012 10:29AM

    Irene,I am very sorry to hear about your brother and sister-in-law.Having lost my 2 brothers and my sister I sympathize with you .I will be praying for you and them.

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YELLOW09RED 11/13/2012 9:54AM

    God bless your brother, your news about him accepting the Lord is wonderful Irene. emoticon emoticon
I'm keeping him in my prayers for the Lord to keep him warm until he goes home to his arms.
I will keep your sister in law in my prayers.
Sending my Loving hugs for you today. Sorry we don't live closer or I could hug you in person.
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JSALERNO 11/13/2012 9:54AM

    I WILL PRAY FOR YOU

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/13/2012 8:55AM

    Irene, I am praying so hard for your brother, his wife and for you.
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SMARGED 11/13/2012 7:55AM

    Irene, I am praying for your brother that he will have peace as he prepares to enter eternal life. And I am also praying that they will find a place for his wife where she can be cared for.

When my dad was in his last months with congestive heart failure and his wife with beginnings of Alzeimers, we were able to get them both in a wonderful assisted living that worked with hospice, and they were both lovingly cared for until they died. (My dad went first, and his wife three month later - I think she didn't want to go on without him).

I can't remember the name of the organization that helped us find financial resources, I'll try to look for the name, and if I find it, I'll let you know.

Blessings and hugs.

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GLORYB2014 11/13/2012 7:30AM

    God bless you my dear friend. You are going through a trial, knowing these are your brother's end days but knowing he has accepted the Lord as his Savior should ease your mind some. A painful situation. I'm sure, knowing he can no longer take care of his wife, they will find a good place for her.
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SLIMTHICK2 11/13/2012 6:09AM

    It is said when it rains it pours but there is also another portion of scripture that says "and it came to pass". Sometimes things seem to get so out control but we are often reminded that God never loses control of any situation. Glad to hear that you brother has accepted the Lord, it is never too late to begin to trust Him I hope things work out well and hopefully he will be brought into a greater understanding of who God is through these trials. All the best to you and stay strong in God. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/13/2012 3:12AM

    Prayers and hugs dear. May your faithfulness bring you all a great sense of peace and joy.

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SWANATOPIA 11/13/2012 2:02AM

    Sorry about your brother's diagnosis Irene. He sounds like a loving brother and husband whom has sacrificed his own health for his wife. He will be rewarded for this! The Lord is building his Kingdom with great people! I will keep him in my prayers as well as his wife.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/13/2012 1:53AM

    So sorry to hear about your Brother. I will be praying for his situation. I know how hard that can be. I agree about checking into Hospice. My Dad had it off and on for 2 yrs., then my Mom also had when she got sick. The nurses that work with Hospice are fantastic. And they will come to his home. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 11/13/2012 1:48AM

    Ohh Irene I am so sorry your brother is so ill and you sister -in -law is also so sick it must be aweful not being able to go see them ..
I know he understands and realises you cannot go visit .
I hope your Sster-in Law is medicated so that she would be accepted into a home to give your brother peace of mind .
I have dealt with Dementia and Alzheimers with both my Mother and now Colin and I understand how hard it is.
I am lucky that I trained as a nurse and it seems to help me to cope .
Always in my thoughts and Prayers my friend ..
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123ELAINE456 11/13/2012 1:20AM

  So sorry to hear about the MRI Report of Stage 4 Cancer for Your Brother. Hopice should be able to step in and help find a Suitable Place for his wife. They may have to find a place out of town for her that knows how to help Patients like her (Lock Down Unit). You can take Comfort and Rejoice that He Prayed for Salvation and will be going home to be with the Lord. May The lord Bless You, Your Brother and His Wife and Keep You in His Loving Arms. Will be Praying for all of You. Sorry to hear you are having Problems with your Computers too. Hope your Friend Can fix them for you. Will keep You in my Thoughts and Prayers. God Bless You.

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SHIRLEYX 11/13/2012 12:56AM

    I hope that you and your brother gain a sense of peace through praying together. The Lord will provide a place for your sister-in-law that will have the security she needs.
Hopefully, your computer issues will be solved. I will keep your family in my heart and prayers.

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JUDYAMK 11/12/2012 10:59PM

    praise the lord your brother accepted the Lord as his Savior. I will be praying for you & your family . My beloved brother has cancer also he is 59
Judy

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JILL313 11/12/2012 10:36PM

    I'm so sorry about your brother's diagnosis. I'll be praying for him and his wife. Sorry about your computer problems. Take really good care of Yourself.

Hugs,

Jill

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SPARKFRAN514 11/12/2012 10:17PM

    thank you for sharing about your brothers condition I am sorry the news is not good. just have a question has your brother talked with his or her doctor so they are aware he is the main care giver and will need some one to car for her after he is gone. Hospice may be able to help with support for him and have some ideas who can provide her care after he is gone. since they have no children to take care of her. I am glad you were able to talk with him and know that he has accepted the Lord. praying for all of you at this time. please keep us up dated as you can sorry you are having computer issues that is not any fun and you miss your spark friends and support. emoticon



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HAPPYMOM8 11/12/2012 10:03PM

    IRENE, YOU ARE SUCH A BLESSING TO YOUR DB IN HIS TIME OF NEED. YOU CAN BOTH TAKE COMFORT THAT HE HAS ASKED FOR SALVATION AND HAS RECEIVED THE LORD.
I AM SURE HOSPICE WILL HELP HIM FIND THE APPROPRIATE PLACE FOR SIL TOO. HE IS IN NO SHAPE TO CARE FOR HER FURTHER AND THEY WILL RECOGNIZE THAT.
YOUR FRIEND, PAT.


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MNNSAIDE 11/12/2012 9:53PM

    Hang in there my friend - you are a strong person - but if you need us - lean on us.

Love - Marcy

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MJREIMERS 11/12/2012 9:19PM

    Irene, sorry to hear about your brother, but I'm glad you helped him find his way to salvation. That in itself should be a comfort.

You've had a lot going on lately and please know that prayers are coming for everyone involved! Hang in there! emoticon

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SADIEDOLORES 11/12/2012 9:12PM

    IRENE, HOSPICE CAN HELP, MY SISTER WAS HELPED AT THE END OF HER LIFE 12 YRS AGO, LORD BLESS YOU THIS IS SO SAD FOR YOU AND YOUR BROTHER, PLEASE LOOK INTO GETTING HELP FOR YOUR SIL THERE HAS TO BE A PLACE FOR HER, ESPECIALLY SINCE YOUR BROTHER IS NOT ABLE TO CARE FOR HER, WILL BE PRAYING KEEP US UPDATED.
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CMWARDRN 11/12/2012 9:10PM

  I am so sorry to hear about your brother and his wife. I will keep all of you in my prayers. God bless. emoticon

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CVRONEK 11/12/2012 9:07PM

    Irene, I am so sorry about your brother and his wife.

Certainly there is someone that can help place her in the right caring place.
Could Hospice help? They are not just for end of life, as I once thought.

There are many places, in Va. though it is difficult to find a good one.
Also, there are people that can come into the home, or into a nursing home that are trained to deal with Alzheimer's.
A caregiver, with extra skills, so to say.

I will pray that this situation will be resolved lickety-split, so that your brother has relief from this worry.

Yes, Stage 4 is not the best news, but I know a few people that are still alive and relatively well, years after the diagnosis.
My prayers on this as well.

How about you, Irene. Sleeping? Getting your water in?
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NELLIEC 11/12/2012 9:07PM

    I am continuing to pray.

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REDBUD1 11/12/2012 9:00PM

    Praying for you.

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RAINBOWMF 11/12/2012 8:42PM

    So sorry Irene. Your brother as a lot of worry.
There must be some place he can find for is wife.

Hugs Mary

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/12/2012 8:42PM

    Praise God that you prayed with him. Prayers for you, the family, him, his wife. I pray for comfort in this time. God bless you. emoticon

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GEEKSMEGGLY 11/12/2012 8:41PM

    You are in my prayers.

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KAYDE53 11/12/2012 8:26PM

    So sorry to read of your brother's report, but happy to read of his salvation! I'm praying for you, and both of them. God bless you all! emoticon

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RFJSJ50 11/12/2012 8:19PM

    My prayers are with you and your family.
Sheila

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RAWHIDE64 11/12/2012 8:10PM

    God bless you Irene. Even though we know God writes the book for our lives it's still painful when facing the loss of a loved one. Your brother is in loving hands and so are you.

Lew

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AVANELL 11/12/2012 8:07PM

    Irene, I'm so sorry to hear the report of your brother's condition and his difficulties in caring for his wife. I know that has to be a stressful situation for him. I will continue to pray for him!

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GRACEISENUF 11/12/2012 8:05PM

    Thank you so much for the update and I am so sorry to hear about his latest diagnosis. I will continue to pray for him and his wife. So glad to hear that he has accepted the Lord. That must bring you so much comfort right now. Please know I am here and we are willing to go see them if you want as we do not live to far away.

Praying for you too.

Love you dear friend,
Judy

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DESPERATE PRAYER REQUEST

Sunday, November 04, 2012

PRAYER REQUEST

I have two brothers left. We were 7 siblings and all the youngest are gone, the three oldest remain of which I am the oldest.
Some time ago the doctor found a mass on my brother's pancreas but his wife has alzheimers and he took care of her instead of himself. He tried to put her in a nursing home but they had no lock up for the Alzheimer's patients so she fought them to get out and hurt them and herself also. They kept her less than a day. In the town they live in they do not have a nursing home with an alzheimers unit. They live in California.

He got down to 137 at almost 6 foot tall. One day her caregiver which came in only to take her vitals, etc. noticed he wasn't well and got him to the hospital fast. He was in the hospital 5 days and they did an MRI. They found two tumors on his lungs and he can hardly breathe. He has copd. Now he weighs 118 and said looks like one of the starving people of Africa. When I called last night he said he was better but his wife worse. He said she doesn't realize he could go at any time.
He is 1 1/2 years younger than I.
It is such a desperate situation since he has to care for her and I know how that is. They have no children just as I have no children

He is on oxygen of course.

Anyone who prays please pray for him.

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FREEDOMSTAR 11/14/2012 7:44AM

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So sorry to hear you are going through this now

Keep us updated

John
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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/13/2012 6:50PM

    praying for your brother his wife and you my friend

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DIDMIS 11/12/2012 7:44PM

    Thank you for your words of wisdom. I am going to write an update blog now.

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SGSTALEY 11/11/2012 2:20PM

    I pray that God's wisdom will comfort you and your sick family. I pray that God puts His hedge of protection around you and your family. I pray that God helps you to understand all of this when life sometimes makes no sense. In Jesus name, Amen!

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LAINYC 11/6/2012 5:08PM

    Praying!!!

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    Prayers for you, your brother and his wife. I pray that care be provided for both of them.

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/5/2012 10:24PM

  Oh that is something to be concerned about.

Where we live there is the Council on Aging. There are various senior places that will tell you for free what services are available. Also Love In the Name through World Vision knows of local helps.

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YJNANA 11/5/2012 5:12PM

    So sorry your brother is in such a way. Hugs to you and your Family
I hope he gets the help he needs.

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KAYDE53 11/5/2012 3:07PM

    so sorry; praying!!

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    Yes--prayers for your brother.

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WALKSINLIGHT 11/5/2012 12:49PM

    You and your family are in my prayers
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LVSHOPE 11/5/2012 11:54AM

    Praying, Sadie.

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SADIEDOLORES 11/5/2012 10:15AM

    IRENE, WE ARE IN DESPERATE SITUATIONS, THE LORD IS ALWAY THERE WE NEED TO PRAY FOR STRENGTH DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES, LORD BLESS YOU, YOUR BROTHER AND HIS WIFE.
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MISSPEACHES3 11/5/2012 9:39AM

    Praying..... May the Lord give Your Brother, his Wife, you and all of your family comfort and peace at this time.

I pray that the Lord will give all of you solutions very quickly.

Wishing blessings to all of you at this time.

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RAINBOWMF 11/5/2012 8:44AM

    emoticon Irene, for you family.
Thinking of you too.
Hugs Mary

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CAROLYN0107 11/5/2012 7:48AM

    I pray for your brother and his wife and also that a Nursing home will be found for your sister-in-law.

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Hugs for you.
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DDCLEADER 11/5/2012 6:54AM

    Praying that you and your family are a comforted and that Your brother does not suffer in Gods Grace

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POSITIVEMARINA 11/5/2012 6:32AM

    very sorry to read of all this sadness in your family. your brother and his wife and you also, are in my thoughts and prayers. sending healing energy from Brisbane. God Bless you all and keep you in his care emoticon

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123ELAINE456 11/5/2012 6:17AM

  Will be Praying for Your Brother, His Wife and You. May God Lay His Healing Hands on Them and Let Them Be Healed. God Bless You, Your Brother and His Wife. Have a Good Day and Week. Take Care. We Are Here For You.

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LKWQUILTER 11/5/2012 6:01AM

    Praying for all of you Irene. ((HUGS))

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SHIRLEYX 11/5/2012 1:43AM

    Irene, your brother and sister-in-law are in my prayers as you are.

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    emoticon emoticon Your Family is in my Prayers!!

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GRAMMAP1 11/5/2012 12:37AM

    emoticon emoticon Oh Irene, that is so sad. I definitely will pray for them both and for you. Do they live near you?

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FLEMIDG 11/5/2012 12:28AM

    So sorry to hear this. I will be praying for your brother and his wife and for you as well. God bless all of you.

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HARVESTER54 11/4/2012 11:49PM

    He an his wife are in my prayers. Such a difficult situation.

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NELLIEC 11/4/2012 11:20PM

    I am praying.

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    Many prayers for you and your brother.

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CASTIRONLADY 11/4/2012 10:27PM

    I am praying for your brother and his wife and for you also. It can't be easy at all. emoticon

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NDTEACHER1 11/4/2012 10:15PM

    Prayers for your brother. My brother weighed 80 lbs. at 6 ft when he passed away 3 years ago, it's terrible to see our loved ones like this. I am afraid with the new healthcare more of us will be taking care of loved ones. So sad for your brother, his wife, and you.

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    Praying for your brother!!

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CANDOSUE52 11/4/2012 9:35PM

   

How sad, and I will absolutely be praying!

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GLORYB2014 11/4/2012 9:05PM

    Praying for all of you Irene! Keep us updated about your brother, please.
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    Absolutely I will pray.

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MOM2GEO_JR 11/4/2012 8:40PM

    Irene, so sorry to hear this, and he will be in my prayers, and her also, and of course you. Being away from family is hard when there is sickness. Hugs and prayers
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    So many prayers sent to you and your family. emoticon

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AVANELL 11/4/2012 8:35PM

    I am praying for your brother, Irene! I pray that God will also comfort you as I know it is difficult for you to hear of his condition and that of his wife. But God is able to touch him and make him whole as well as his wife.

Father, I bring Irene's brother before you tonight! I ask You, Father, to touch His body with Your healing power and cause those tumors to shrivel up and die at the roots and be gone, In Jesus' Name! Father, I ask that You would also restore his wife to good health. You are the giver of life; the Healer and I know You took stripes upon Your back, Lord Jesus, that Irene's brother and sister-in-law might have healing in their bodies. So, I pray that You will do that, Father. I pray also for Irene that You would comfort her and grant her peace in her heart knowing that You are working in their lives. Thank You, Father. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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    Yes I WILL PRAY FOR YOUR BROTHER...divine protection for both of them. emoticon

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WHY I CAN'T STOP NOW

Friday, November 02, 2012

121 days ago I went on a no dessert streak.

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Because my dessert eating was out of control. I couldn't have just one, I couldn't have just one portion; I had to have the whole thing.

Now I can't stop. emoticon what?, stop eating. No I can't emoticon
the streak.

One reason after so long I no longer wanted dessert. I can sit beside desserts and I am not tempted.

Another reason is because of the quote by Robert E Lee.

"You must be careful how you walk, and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set." permalink Robert Edward Lee

I don't know how many people I have influenced on going on the no dessert streak.

emoticon and think. What does sugar do FOR your body.
What does sugar do TO your body.

Two different things.

Let's continue the streak. Don't become a sugarholic.

Irene

  
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SADIEDOLORES 11/15/2012 10:14AM

    IRENE, THE LORD SAID EVERYTHING IN MODERATION, BUT SOME CAN'T DO MODERATION AND YOU KNOW YOURSELF WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF, GOOD FOR YOU, YOU SEE THAT IN YOURSELF KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
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CUSH1932 11/4/2012 1:10AM

    emoticon for setting the example. Even though its only been a few days I have exercised at least 10 minutes since I started this streak. Most days I actually get over 30 minutes.


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LKWQUILTER 11/3/2012 9:05PM

    You are really doing great Irene.

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/3/2012 4:16PM

  That's quite an accomplishment!

I wonder if it's like smoking, if one can have a small piece at the holidays, or it makes one want to go back to the previous habits. Just thinking.... emoticon

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CVRONEK 11/3/2012 7:46AM

    emoticon Irene, Great job!
I don't eat a lot of desserts, but have other things that I can streak on.

Love the quote by Robert, E. Lee. You know I have mentioned setting an example, and this puts it perfectly.

Keep up the good work and thank you for setting a good example. emoticon

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MOM2GEO_JR 11/2/2012 10:37PM

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Irene, you are an excellent example of what we can do if we just put our mind to it. Your body loves you for going on the streak.

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NDTEACHER1 11/2/2012 10:14PM

    You are an inspiration.

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RAINBOWMF 11/2/2012 8:50PM

    I am proud of you Irene.
You have been doing excellent.
I did not do the streak because I am not much of a dessert eater, never have been, but I know you have made people think about their sugar addiction.
I do enjoy celebrating with family for a birthday, I usually have a small piece of cake.

Hugs Mary

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RDGISME 11/2/2012 7:31PM

    emoticon way to motivate!! You have overcome a challenge that I am now facing, tho with candy. So: I acceptyour streak challenge! Tomorrow, since I ate some candy today, will be day 1 of my streak to NOT eat candies...

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MINDYJ1 11/2/2012 7:26PM

    Way to go! I have to admit I am a sugarholic!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 11/2/2012 5:13PM

    wow you are such an inspiration!!

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GLORYB2014 11/2/2012 1:47PM

    Irene, you have influenced me to go on a 'no dessert' streak and today is my one month day without any desserts! Thank you!
I, too, lost control over desserts and could not stop at one . . so it was best for me to give up these sugary concoctions. I do believe in moderation in all things but if something tempts me badly, it's best for me not to have it in the house!
Way to go on your streak, you have inspired many of us to follow you!
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STALEYK 11/2/2012 10:39AM

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HAPPYMOM8 11/2/2012 10:36AM

    emoticon IRENE!

SUGAR, SOFT DRINKS AND ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS ARE ONE OF THE FIVE
DEADLIEST FOODS ON THE PLANET
AS SITED BY THE IMMUNITY SOLUTIONS DOCTOR.

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RAWHIDE64 11/2/2012 9:28AM

    You have converted a bad habit into a good habit. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/2/2012 8:43AM

    Congratulations ... You're on a roll with a great streak. WooHoo!

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MY WONDERFUL MAGNIFICENT BIRTHDAY

Friday, October 26, 2012

Well just a couple of weeks ago I thought I was dying but now, today, God allowed me to celebrate another year of life.

I have been working a lot of the day on replying to the wonderful messages Face book and Spark people. com sent. The first I got was from the pastors in Reynosa that I have helped for years. First she wrote a beautiful thank you to me and signed it "Your children Maria and Martin" If you speak Spanish and want to see their page it is Jesucristo mi Sanador.

Then she put a video on with a beautiful song.

This morning another video with song was there from them with the Christian mananitas. Both beautiful. Even if you don't speak Spanish you would enjoy the music and pictures.

Then they started pouring in on both sites and also on my page.

Today was my keep beautiful day and my beautician would not let me pay. Before I left to go there though a very good friend came by with a bouquet and card. I had already received cards including one from a step son and his wife with a gift inside that more than paid for my lunch.

Then Sandy Rowden and I decided we would celebrate our birthdays together.
Hers was the 7th but she was out of town and they treated us like queens.

It might take me a day or two to catch up but I know you understand.

Thank you to all who read this and who wished me a happy birthday. Guess what they do get better the older you get and I want you to know something.
THEY HAD ALL KIND OF DESSERTS AND I HAD NONE.

I had the most delicious strawberries and other fruit, veggies, seafood, etc. All healthy.

I am too sleepy to jump for joy now but maybe I will do it when I get up.

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LAINYC 11/1/2012 2:34PM

    emoticon hope you had a wonderful day.

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MINDYJ1 11/1/2012 9:25AM

    Happy Belated Birthday! I am glad that you had a wonderful birthday!

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CSDAYS 11/1/2012 7:37AM

    You did get a lot of messages!! Happy belated!

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GRACEISENUF 10/30/2012 10:29PM

    emoticon Glad your day was so very special.

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MAYBER 10/30/2012 8:25PM

    So glad you enjoyed your birthday with party good friends and conversation
God is not finished with you yet you still have something to do
And being a good Spark Person and spreading your faith is such a blessing
You so remind me of one of my husbands aunts she was a real lady
Take care and happiness and good health in year ahead
One day at a time
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CANDOSUE52 10/29/2012 3:13PM

   

I'm SO happy for you!!! Happy birthday. emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 10/29/2012 12:29PM

  Irene, you are just so sweet and precious to all of us and appreciated for your warmth and love and caring spirit.

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CVRONEK 10/28/2012 8:56AM

    So glad to hear what a happy day you had.
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AQUAGIRL08 10/28/2012 8:03AM

    What a wonderful day! Happy birthday! emoticon

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BACKMOON 10/28/2012 7:54AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Birthday! I can't think of anyone who deserves it better.

Rick

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CAROLYN0107 10/27/2012 9:41PM

    Belated Happy Birthday Irene! I'm glad you had a good day. HUGS!!
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CAROLYNVIL 10/27/2012 7:58PM

    so glad you had a wonderful birthday,you deserve it.

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TUNERVILLE 10/27/2012 3:09PM

    emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Wishing you many more happy birthdays. Take good care, and have a wonderful year!

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SHIRLEYX 10/27/2012 11:27AM

    So glad that your birthday was a wonderful day! emoticon

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DDCLEADER 10/27/2012 1:04AM

    Happy Birthday my friend
God Bless you with many more

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NDTEACHER1 10/26/2012 9:01PM

    Glad it was wonderful!

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LKWQUILTER 10/26/2012 8:06PM

    So glad you had a HAPPY BIRTHDAY Eleni. (((HUGS)))

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SLIMTHICK2 10/26/2012 8:05PM

    Happy birthday to you. emoticon. I do admire your ability to keep your streak going in the face of celebration. All the best to you. emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 10/26/2012 7:47PM

    glad to hear you had a great happy birthday
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GLORYB2014 10/26/2012 7:34PM

    emoticon Irene, I'm jumping for joy for you!
I'm so happy that you had a great birthday . . . I know how unwell you were a few weeks ago, God granted you another wonderful birthday and I just know, many more happy, healthy years!
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LMMIMI 10/26/2012 7:08PM

    Happy Birthday, Irene! You deserve every wonderful thing and beautiful expression of love from all your friends.

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LILYDOG11 10/26/2012 6:59PM

    emoticon Glad you had a fantastic time !!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/26/2012 6:57PM

    Happy Birthday to you emoticon Happy Birthday to you emoticon Happy Birthday to you emoticon Happy Birthday to you emoticon
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    I am glad you had a great day
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Love Mary

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YJNANA 10/26/2012 6:13PM

    Your day was magical IRene, and you deserve it. You give to so many


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HAPPYMOM8 10/26/2012 5:12PM

    A BELATED BUT HEARTFELT-HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU IRENE. SO HAPPY WE STILL HAVE YOU AROUND. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
HUGS, PAT

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/26/2012 4:38PM

    Happy, happy! So glad to hear about your celebration of life with friends and loved ones.

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MOM2GEO_JR 10/26/2012 4:31PM

    Glad you had a wonderful birthday, You deserve the best.

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RAWHIDE64 10/26/2012 4:29PM

    I'm late too but sure glad you had a great day. emoticon

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GMFAY33 10/26/2012 4:16PM

    emoticon A little late but I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your special day!

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